WHAT WORKING FROM HOME 1 YEAR STRAIGHT HAS DONE TO MY STYLE

Some of us were lucky enough to be able to work from home in the past year. That meant a lot of comfy clothes, even for the ones that dressed at home as they would go to the office (I salute you), even they had days where pyjamas or stretchy pants were the #oodt. Prior to this year, I was going to the office plus university in the heart of London, so my wardrobe reflected that. It was a combination of office with glam-rock, from cotton shirts to mini skirts to silky blouses, to leather pants to sparkly boots, it had everything.

But then I’ve found myself working from home in a small and not glamorous at all city. In the first weeks, I found myself trying to dress as I would go to the office, but that failed terribly. I’ve discovered that I enjoy working from home, but every time I tried to put an outfit together just to stay inside I would end up changing into something extra comfy after 2 or 3 hours. I’ve realized how little I need and how many items from my wardrobe should go to someone else.

Photo by Greta Hoffman

If you are like me and spend most of these days in baggy hoodies, even though you love to style outfits, you might find yourself in a rut after so many days of stretchy fabrics. Or not.

Once going out became allowed again and events started to happen, I started to wear almost only those clothes that would come out for a special event or seemed ‘too extra’.

In a way, I was both in a rut when it comes to styling but also hyped. A rut because I seemed to not resonate with a lot of my items anymore and hyped because I couldn’t wait to go out and put something nice on me, even if it was just a walk in the park. But just putting what you consider to be your ‘extra’ clothes on yourself any time is definitely not style, even though is not a bad approach either (if it makes you happy & confident).

How to redefine your style post-sweatsuits?

1. Major wardrobe clean-up

You’ve heard this many times, but the best way to figure out your style is by looking at what you already own. My strategy is to categories the clothes into:

  • I love them (quality items)
  • I wear them often
  • Home + Pyjamas wear
  • I didn’t wear them in 3+ years / hate them- to give away / sell
  • Degraded- to make cleaning rags

There are always those items that are a maybe, and my advice is to never keep all the maybes, just one or two so that you can test and see if you will use them if another year passes and you didn’t use them say goodbye.

Now you are left with what you actually like and enjoy wearing which should determine the base of your style, it might not be a lot of items, but you should be able to spot a direction. What prints do you see repeating? Flowers, geometric, multicolour or plain? Are you a jeans + tee fan? Or you are more into skirts? Find your preferences.

Photo by Skylar Kang

2. Add some spark

Now that you have the base of your style, it should be easier to determine what else is missing. If you are into accessories have a few that can transform your outfit from a casual one to a more formal one. Play and test to see what you actually enjoy wearing. Might be big earrings or lots of necklaces or a scarf. If that’s not your cup of tea you can invest in some statement shoes that will light up your outfit.

3. Have fun

You should enjoy this process and not stress about it. Your style is always changing as are you, this process is just meant to help you understand what you like after a year of pause. Make mood boards if you are into that, save any items, outfits, aesthetics from Instagram, Pinterest, online shops, or other platforms and see if your wardrobe resonates with them.

After a year of sweats, I can say I became a bit more courageous when it comes to dressing, and that looks different for everybody, but I encourage you to explore any type of style, be extra whenever you want because fashion is meant to be fun and help us have a better day, and to end in a cliché life is just too short to wear something you don’t like.

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